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    September 2, 2010
    5:30 - 6:00am EDT  

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people all along the east coast are keeping an eye on earl, the category four is just hours away from hitting the mid-atlantic shoreline. the governors of maryland, virginia and north carolina have declared states of emergencies. thanks for joining us this morning, i'm megan pringle. >> i'm jamie costello. >> let's go right to weather. here's meteorologist justin berk. >> we are checking out the latest on earl. earl has gotten stronger. it really increased strength yesterday. it surpassed that. this morning's advisory from the national hurricane center, showing 145 mile-per-hour winds. a very clear distinct eye now. roughly 30 miles across. the wind field of tropical storm
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force winds extends 230 miles away. which means if the center of the storm is 230 miles away from ocean city, they'll still get tropical storm force winds. the one good thing here is that the passage of earl off the coast will be the weaker side of the storm. usually the right side with forward motion. the worst part of the storm is out to sea. the beaches under a tropical storm warning. winds averaging between 40 and 60 miles per hour this time tomorrow into the early part of the afternoon. waves probably 10 to 20 feet. we'll be standing there live from ocean city. coastal flood advisory, not from weather, at the bottom of the screen you see winds averaging 9 or 10 miles per hour. really the impact's not there
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yet. rain bands hitting the carolinas this evening. through tomorrow morning, not much here in baltimore. we'll have our forecast coming up or just follow the wake-up window at the bottom of the screen. >> the roadways are off to a good start for the most part. a crash at east biddle and north wolf street. southbound as you approach downtown baltimore, northbound lanes are looking good up towards 695. beltway's checking in cleanly, harrisburg expressway, 95 and the bw beltway so far. an unwanted guest is expected to arrive friday morning in ocean city. this morning, earl seems to be taking aim at the outer banks of north carolina. justin's busy on that. linda sow is live in fells point, an area that's seen
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flooding before. >> reporter: we're not expected to take a direct hit from hurricane earl, we could still get rough waters from storm surge here. that has the coast guard working overtime. labor day weekend is always the busiest on the water. the coast guard says it's ready if earl decides to push farther inland. they're securing boats with extra lines just incase. that's what they recommend boat owners do as well. coast guards warn people should stay off their boats and out of the water during the storms. high winds could pose a big threat. >> we prepare for the worst. all our vessels are ready, personnel checked their equipment. duty assignments are assigned. we proceed with our best available information we have at the time. >> now once things have calmed down and you decide to go out on the water on your boat this weekend. the coast guard recommends you
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file a float plan. tell someone when you're going and when you're expecting to come back. >> 5:33. a lot of people plan to take trips for the labor day weekend, maybe down to the coast of north carolina. not a great week to do that. abc2 news sherrie johnson's here with a couple that decided to go to north carolina. >> thousands of visitors from across the coast had been told the storm is too close and they have to leave. one road was a slow-moving mess yesterday. they're now on the road back to canada. bill isler and his family were forced to leave their vacation last night. >> they kicked us out of the house this morning. >> there have been times when
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people sworn it's not going to touch us and within three hours it's on top of us. fema is shipping 300,000 meals to north carolina and massachusetts. >> stay with abc2 news for complete live team coverage as earl moves up the east coast. we'll have live reports setting up. join us at 4:00 this afternoon. we'll be on live for a special one-hour special tracking hurricane earl. we'll be live from ocean city at abc2 news at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00. we'll be on the air at 4:00 in the morning. live team coverage will continue throughout the day. >> as always, you can get the very latest on hurricane earl on our website, abc2news.com. we have up to the minute news on our homepage for everything you need to know about earl. click on hurricane center. 5:36 right now. a hostage situation at the
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headquarters of the discovery channel cable tv network ends with gunfire. james lee was armed with a gun and explosives when he walked into the building yesterday afternoon and took several people hostage for hours in silver springs. this ended when a snipper took lee out. >> the suspect was shot by police officers. the device um, appeared to go off. there were three hostages, all the hostages are safe. >> the hostages, two employees and a security guard were not hurt. after four hours with this standoff, authorities say the suspect was known as the discovery channel for all his complaints for years about the network's environmental programming. our live team coverage of hurricane earl continues, right now. >> north carolina looks like the storm's first stop. here's meteorologist justin berk. >> all the talk about earl, but
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you won't really see much in baltimore. checking out clear skies, light winds and 70 degrees. we may see clouds, there'll be push of water off the bay. but nothing like any direct hits and in fact, the biggest impact will be in ocean city. we'll have that outlook in just a moment. >> we have delays on the buses right now. 10 and 13 buses running about 20 minutes late. 10 and 30 buses, running 20 to 30 minutes late. penn and camden lines running on time. mta local bus, metro subway will operate on holiday schedules. limited extended service to cromwell station and the valley. marc trains and mta commuter buses not operating on labor day mobility. for the mta transit team, i'm
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complete details just minutes away. weather conditions in ocean city right now, basically clear with light winds. warm at 77 degrees. winds only about 10 miles per hour. out of the south and southwest, that'll gradually increase as the day wears on. we'll have a live report coming from ocean city. 73 in easton, cooler 62 in york, pennsylvania, where basically we'll have little to no impact from this particular storm. we're looking at maryland's most powerful doppler radar. we're all dry this morning. our hour by hour forecast takes us to 88 by lunch time. sunny to partly cloudy skies, two-degree guaranteed high around 4:00 p.m. at 92. more on hurricane earl and the labor day weekend forecast coming up, right now, here's kim brown with traffic. >> we're very quiet so far this morning, not a whole lot going on on the roadways, always good news as you head out the door and make your commute. as we look at our drive times on
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795, you're not going to encounter delays on the southbound side and the beltway. it'll take about nine minutes to make the entire stretch. still would being that one crash in the city, you'll see police on the scene. no problems on the jfx around the beltway or up and down 95 as you make your way towards the tunnels. linda sow is in fells point. she has an update on the coming storms. >> hurricane earl is on its way. how the storm could affect your labor day plans on the water this weekend. after hurricane isabel hammered the east coast, people living along the chesapeake bay are taking no chances. i'll have more on hurricane earl. mom, did you borrow my green shirt?
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flooding, high winds, power outages, these are all things we could expect to see from earl. right now we don't know exactly what will happen, and what it's going to bring. justin's bringing more on that. first, let's go to linda sow, she's live with areas due flooding problems and storms. linda, good morning. >> there's always the possibility we could see
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flooding if earl pushes farther inland. a lot of people will be out and about this labor day weekend enjoying the summer weather, the water, go out on boats, that has the coast guard getting ready to work overtime. labor day weekend is always the busiest on the water, conditions could get dangerous this weekend with earl fast approaching the the coast guard is securing the boats with extra lines just incase. that's what they recommend boat owners do as well. coast guard officials warn people should stay off the waters and out of the waters during the storm. now the coast guard does recommend that when things calm down, that you should file a float plan, tell someone where you're going, how long you're expected to be out there so if they don't hear from you, they know you could have run into some trouble. old timers put agness up against all the others. gloria, floyd, but isabel taught us a lot of lessons.
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sherrie johnson has lessons to be learned. >> for folks listening along the chesapeake bay, history taught us a lesson. isabel hammered the eeked. many people had to be rescued from their homes, almost seven years later, people are still rebuilding. the lesson of isabel has many people thinking, never take a storm for granted. >> in that incidence, it hit us worse than we thought it would be. a lot of our members lost their homes. we're well aware what a storm can do to you, especially if you're not ready for it. >> firefighters are shifting schedules to add extra staffing in preparation for earl. they call on people with limited mobility to let them know in advance if they may need help, should they need to evacuate.
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in the studio, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >> just leave us on all day. we'll have live reports throughout the rest of the show. at 4:00 this afternoon, we'll be live on the air with a one-hour special tracking hurricane earl. we'll be live in ocean city at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 tonight. our live team coverage will continue throughout the day. 5:48. we're going to take a look at the atlantic satellite right now. you can see here in maryland, not anything in the way of cloudiness to be found. we have to head down towards cape hatteras to find the outer bands. cape lookout. essentially the carolinas really sticking out on our coastline. you can see the uh, radar indicating some of that rain and outer rain bands just beginning to show themselves.
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look at the eye on this thing. very well-defined. two things i'm noticing, number one, beginning to make the turn to the north. once that does turn to the north, that'll determine how close it gets to the coastline. looks like dry air getting wrapped in here. already peaked out. check out the latest conditions. 145-mile per hour winds. it'll be passing to the east or just clipping cape hatteras by midnight through early tomorrow morning. by that point, winds should be down somewhere between 120 to 135 miles per hour. gradually weakening as it passes east of ocean city by friday afternoon. past new england's cape cod and on through nova scotia. coast of maine getting hit, in towards the weekend. closer look here, give you an idea what we're expecting. earl passes off the outer banks
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of the carolinas. tropical storm force winds, then you start getting into the 55 to 70 miles per hour range. the lighter orange. this is hurricane-force winds, well offshore. the right side, forward motion, winds wrapping around this side, the west side, the weaker side of the storm, great news for ocean city. still a surge of three-feet. may be outer rain bands. maybe easton, cambridge, salisbury through delaware, along the beaches and up towards new jersey. this timeframe is as we head into the afternoon, on friday, we're left with great weather towards the weekend, check out our forecast model here. you can see outer rain bands clipping the outer banks of the carolinas. watch the eye as we go through tomorrow morning through about lunch time. this thing jumps out to sea.
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we'll be watching the cold front fall apart. cooler drier weather towards the weekend. ocean city expecting conditions nice today. 83 degrees with tropical storm uh, warning and seas 5 to 6 feet. those will be climbing through the evening and overnight hours. we're looking at a sunny day. 92 degrees, little more humid. extended outlook calls for temperatures to pull back over the weekend. 88 tomorrow, maybe an isolated evening thundershower. earl's effects will be lower eastern shore in the beaches. the weekend shaping up just nice. 81 on sunday. lows in the 50s and then we'll climb back up to near 90 by the middle of next week. right now, let's get you back in the car and back to work. >> people should leave to go to work right now. no problems on the roadway at this time. that was the only thing we had working at this time. right now we're looking pretty
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good. drive times, no delays around the beltway, on the top side between the 83s. no delays there. harrisburg expressway southbound, looking good. that's a 5-minute trip. no problems on the jfx either. that's only a four-minute ride. making your way through baltimore city, going to be pretty smooth at mlk and fayette street. no problems here at uh, fayette and president street as you come off the jfx. stay with us, good morning maryland has more to come after this. the back to school list. the cost always mas mom k. mommy. hemom. good times. mom, the back tochool list is here. looks expensive. graphing calculator, flash dr pencils... at was easy. go times. [ male announcer ] get back to school and back to savis onverything on your li at staples that was easy.
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it's big, it's powerful and not going away. >> hurricane earl is barreling through the atlantic this morning. as it gains momentum, it will first take aim on north carolina. places like kitty hawk and atlanta beach are all expected to get hit hard. emily schmitt has more from north carolina this morning. >> reporter: this is the eye of hurricane earl, an area of calm in the midst of what is a monster category four storm, threatening more of the east coast than any hurricane in nearly 20 years. that means people are on their way out. >> they won't let us stay.
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they'll make us sit in this traffic. >> roads will be overwashed and closed for several days. >> reporter: mandatory evacuations are spreading across north carolina. >> we were looking forward to a nice vacation, now our vacation's over. >> reporter: emergency shelters are being set up in the hurricane warning zone, homes boarded up, boats pulled out of the water to safety. >> we try to be prudent and make sure the boat doesn't get damaged. >> you never know what flying debris you'll get. >> we could see watches and warnings continue to move up the east coast. >> reporter: fema is directing food and water north to cape cod, hoping to get ahead of a storm that so far shows no signs of retreat. officials know they only have a few more hours to get in place
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for earl before they see what earl has in store for them. >> forecasters say the hurricane can reach us as early as 1:00 friday morning. governor o'malley is warning citizens not to drive to or from ocean city in the height of this storm. we'll get a very different view of hurricane earl, how nasa scientists see this powerful storm.
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the eastern seaboard braces for earl this morning. governor's of virginia, north carolina have all declared a state of emergency. good morning, maryland, i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us this morning. that's obviously the b